India's oldest mountain range as the backdrop, feast your eyes on spectacular sand dunes, take the tiger trail, or just watch the birds in the wetlands. It's the Land of Palaces & Maharajas - Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is one of the most popular travel destination in India. Every third foreign tourist visiting India also travel to Rajasthan. Touring Rajasthan is a unique experience. The desert state of Rajasthan is a land of irony and extremes. This vibrant and striking region is the home of the Rajput warrior clans who ruled here for many years. Gifted with natural attractiveness, a great history, superb forts & palaces, colourful festivals & fairs, energetic culture, varied landscape and thick forests, Rajasthan will never disappoint anyone.
Jaipur the Pink City, is an ancient city of India located in a semi desert terrain. Jaipur attracts numerous visitors from all over the world due to its historic heritage and rich culture. Jaipur is famous for its numerous attractions like Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort etc. Adventure activities like paragliding, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, camel riding and others can also be done here. Excursions can be taken to places like Bairath, Karauli, Ranthambore National Park, Bagru, among others.
‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur is a beautiful city located in the Aravalli Ranges. Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajasmand Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Jaismand Lake and Pichola Lake are just few of the many beautiful lakes in the city. The City Palace is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, the Lake Palace situated in the middle of the Pichola Lake, the three storied Jag Mandir Palace are some of the many beautiful palaces in Udaipur. The Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India & the Kumbhalgarh Fort are the famous forts in Udaipur.
Mount Abu is the highest peak in Aravali Range of Rajasthan. The greenery all around adds to the beauty of the hill town. This hill station is a place for many Jain Temples as Dilwara Temples, Achaleshwar Mahadev Temples and Kantinath Temple. Another popular location is Nakki Lake in Mount Abu. Mount Abu has the World Spiritual University and head quarter of the Bhrama Kumaris.
Jaisalmer the Golden City, is one of the most famous cities in the royal state of Rajasthan. Among tourist attractions, the Jaisalmer Fort is the most famous one. Patwon-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli are other attractions of the city. Sand dunes, Jain temples, palaces and a colourful display of the art and craft of the destination draw a large number of people.
Jodhpur the Sun City, is the ‘Gateway to Thar’ because it is located right on the border of the Thar Desert. The ‘Blue City’, as Jodhpur is known, is famous for its palaces, havelis, forts and museums. Some of the places to visit in Jodhpur include Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rai ka Baag Palace, Balsammand Lake and Kaylana Lake, Umed Garden and Nehru Park.
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli range and is located at the slopes of the Taragarh hill. The city is guarded by the mammoth Taragarh Fort which is one of the country’s oldest hill forts, and is at the summit of the Taragarh hill providing a breathtaking view of the city below. Ajmer is famous for the Dargah Sharif of the great Sufi Saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti. The city has several other attractions like Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, the Nasiyan (Red) Temple which is a well known Jain temple, the Nimbark Peeth, Nareli Jain temple, among many others.
Bikaner is a desert town in the middle of the Thar Desert. The town is known for its rich Rajput culture and has some of the most beautiful palaces and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones. Camel safaris, jeep safaris, night safaris and desert camps allows tourists to get a taste of life in the desert. Bikaner is known for its beautiful palaces, forts and temples.
Kumbhalgarh, which is also known as Kumbhalmer is a Mewar fortress. The perimeter walls of the fort sprawl across 36 km, making it the third longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China and the Great Wall of Gorgan in Iran. The Wildlife Sanctuary of Kumbhalgarh is also popular, which covers a land area of 57778 square km and consists of different wild animals and birds. Haldighati, Muchchal Mahavir, Ghanerao Royal Castle & Lake Rajsamand are other popular attractions.
One of the largest national parks in Northern India, Ranthambore is famous for it's tigers and it is the only place in India where these royal predators can be spotted in the jungle, even during the day. Other wild animals that can be spotted in the park include the leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. Moreover, Ranthambore also has a vast range of plants, trees, reptiles and birds. A massive banyan tree, considered to be India’s second largest, is in the vicinity of the Padam Talab lake.
The dense forest reserve at Bharatpur, now a renowned national park, was declared as a reserve for birds also the world heritage site of UNESCO. Spread over an area of 29 sq km, the natural reserve houses 375 species of beautiful birds along with animals and reptiles. Apart from regional birds from India, the sanctuary attracts birds from Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet in various seasons. Some of the attractions of the location are the Lohagarh Fort, Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas.
One of the most ancient cities in India, Pushkar is located on the banks of Pushkar Lake. Pushkar is one of the five sacred Dhams that are revered pilgrimage centres. The most famous temple amongst all is the Brahma Temple. The Pushkar Lake here has 52 ghats and attracts many pilgrims. The Pushkar Camel fair is another popular event here. The other place that can be visited includes Savitri Temple, Pushkar Bazaar and Pushkar Fair.
Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis.